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Boreal becomes first ski/snowboard resort to open in California

October 9, 2009 | 11:33 am

Boreal opened Friday, offering what looks to be a sparsely covered run for skiers and snowboarders. 

Boreal Mountain Resort on Friday opened its Castle Peak quad chairlift and became the first resort in California to open for the 2009-10 skiing and snowboarding season.

It marks the earliest opener for the Lake Tahoe-area resort. Its previous earliest opening was on Oct. 11 in 2000.

The resort is reporting a 6-to-12-inch base but the accompanying photo shows the resort, like others in the region, need a helping hand from Mother Nature to develop a genuinely wintry appearance. The lift will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, servicing one groomed trail and a terrain park with up to 10 features for snowboarders and skiers.

To celebrate, Boreal will hold its annual Jibassic Public Invitational competition Saturday and Sunday. The contest is open to "all shredders willing to throw down great tricks for cash."

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Boreal opened Friday, offering what looks to be a sparsely covered run for skiers and snowboarders. Credit: Boreal Mountain Resort

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